♥ THE PATCH IS SEWN!!!! ♥
When the patch arrived, my dad asked me what was on it. I told him it was the female symbol with a raised fist. He started nodding his head and said, “Ahhh, I thought so. You do know the people around here will see it and think you’re apart of a cult?” I contemplated this thought. I replied, “I kinda am. The feminist cult.” He smiled.
'My mother said to me “Now Courtney, you just can't walk around with a hole in yourself because you had a bad childhood”.
And I remember thinking, what a brillant name. Hole.’ - Courtney Love
Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014
Both by Dan Bagan
Wanna see my cry like a baby? Ask me who these women were.
Hughes’ father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK when she was a kid, and what does she do? Become an activist to try and stop that from happening to other people. She raised money to bail civil rights protesters out of jail. She helped women get out of abusive situations by providing shelter for them until they got on their feet. She founded an agency that helped women get to work without having to leave their children alone, because childcare in the 1970s? Not really a thing. In fact, a famous feminist line in the 70s was “every housewife is one man away from welfare.”
Then she teamed up with Steinman to found the Women’s Action Alliance, which created the first battered women’s shelters in history. They attacked women’s rights issues through boots on the ground activism, problem solving, and communication. They stomped over barriers of race and class to meet women where they were: mostly mothers who wanted better for themselves and their children.
These are women are who I always wanted to be.
"To all the strong, positive sisters in the house, this one’s for y’all."
Fun fact: when I discovered Rage, this was the first video I ever saw of them. I laughed out of fear through their whole set. I had never seen anyone like Zack; all that fucking energy scared me. I smile thinking about it now.
Rage Against the Machine ~ The Battle of Mexico City (1999)
This. This is how you break down ableist barriers. This is incredible for the deaf and for the custies. I would love to learn sign language, and I would learn it faster if it was standing between me and booze
this is so important
Self Portraits | 2014
Heres to Change,
and all the difficulties that comes with any developmental maturation
reluctant I’ve been for too long
cowering in my old mold
rectifying hold habits, unwilling to face myself.
Heres to all that shit, and still waking up ready to make a change.